A rare seal certifying the ritual purity of an
item to be used in the Second Temple in Jerusalem
was discovered by the Israel Antiquities
Authority as part of excavations under the
Robinson's Arch right next to the Temple Mount.
The find of the Aramaic inscription, "Pure for
G-d," occurred during an extensive sifting of
soil removed from layers which were once part of
a paved Herodian street serving as a main
Jerusalem thoroughfare. The soil dates to the
first century CE (late Second Temple period),
just prior to - or maybe even during - the
Maccabean rebellion celebrated during the holiday of Hanukkah.
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